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Generics are one of the most powerful features of Swift, allowing us to write code once and reuse it in many ways. In this article we’ll explore how they work, why adding constraints actually helps us write more code, and how generics help solve one of the biggest problems in Swift.
Phantom types are a powerful way to give the Swift compiler extra information about our code so that it can stop us from making mistakes. In this article I’m going to explain how they work and why you’d want them, as well as providing lots of hands-on examples you can try.
It’s not hard to make a basic property wrapper, but if you want one that automatically updates the
body property like
@State you need to do some extra work. In this article I’ll show you exactly how it’s done, as we build a property wrapper capable of reading and writing documents from our app’s container.
Trees are an extraordinarily simple, extraordinarily useful data type, and in this article we’ll make a complete tree data type using Swift in just a few minutes. But rather than just stop there, we’re going to do something quite beautiful that I hope will blow your mind while teaching you something useful.
In this article you’ll learn how memoization can dramatically boost the performance of slow functions, and how easy Swift makes it thanks to its generics and closures.
It is my firm belief that every iOS app should be usable to everyone, and putting in the work to make your app function well no matter who is using it says a lot about the kind of developer you are.
SwiftUI gives us a modifier to make simple shadows, but if you want something more advanced such as inner shadows or glows, you need to do extra work. In this article I’ll show you how to get both those effects and more in a customizable, flexible way.
In this article I’m going to walk you through building a
WaveView with SwiftUI, allowing us to create beautiful waveform-like effects to bring your user interface to life.
Swift’s optionals are implemented as simple enums, with just a little compiler magic sprinkled around as syntactic sugar. However, they do much more than people realize, and in this article I’m going to demonstrate some of their power features that can really help you write better code – and blow your mind along the way.
While I’m sure you’re keen to get started programming immediately, please give me a few minutes to outline the goals of this course and explain why it’s different from other courses I’ve written.
Anyone can write Swift code to fetch network data, but much harder is knowing how to write code to do it respectfully. In this article we’ll look at building a considerate network stack, taking into account the user’s connection, preferences, and more.
Most of the time the built-in iOS controls are great, but sometimes you want something just a little different. In this article I’m going to walk you through how you can take complete control over the way toggle switches work in SwiftUI, providing custom rendering and interactions.
Arrays and sets have their own advantages and disadvantages, but what if we could combine them both to make an ordered set? We can! And in this article that’s exactly what we’ll do.
Rather than calling
update() when our view disappears, what we really want to do is update the object before the disappear happens. In this article I’ll show you the SwiftUI native way of doing this, then walk you through an alternative that I prefer.
At last it’s time to start writing tests for our project, which means a little bit of setup work backed by writing our first couple of tests – we’ll take this slow initially, but lay down a good foundation for future tests.
Although our SwiftUI layouts conform to the View protocol, if you were to try to think about them in MVC terms I’d say they were more like controllers. And like controllers from UIKit, we need to put in some work to keep SwiftUI views lean – let’s look at this now…
Although we mostly prefer JSON for data transfer, many major languages make it easy to parse and traverse XML documents. Swift does not, but that’s something we can fix in under a 100 lines of code by writing our own implementation of MiniDOM – Python’s lightweight implementation of the document object model.
ButtonStyle lets us focus on how our buttons look, but not how they work, which in many situations is valuable. In this article we’ll look at a more advanced protocol,
PrimitiveButtonStyle, and see how that gives us complete control over button functionality.
Instruments is a powerful tool for identifying performance problems, but in this article I’ll show you how to find code that slows down rendering in your app, causing slow scrolling, wasted CPU time, and more – all through the simulator.
Apple’s Foundation framework makes it easy for us to convert any kind of measurement into any other kind of measurement. In this article I’ll show you how to make the most of these APIs, but also why it’s so useful that they work with Swift features such as operator overloading, plus important protocols such as
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